After a disappointing end to the Nottingham Test due to rain, action will now be live from the Home of Cricket, Lord’s starting tomorrow. Never easy to bat at Lord’s despite a good pace wicket as the slope comes in play with the ends changing, both batters and bowlers need to make slight adjustments and that makes Test cricket at Lord’s the ultimate.
Rohit Sharma, the attacking opener is doing well to see off the new ball but a big innings from the opener is yet awaited and will now have to start delivering. The experienced middle order couldn’t put up a display and will look to turn things around at Lord’s, to step up, score and pace India’s outing. Ravindra Jadeja despite a good innings with the bat in the first Test might have to sit out for Ravi Ashwin who’s a better option with the bowl and is handy with the bat as well. The Indian tail that hasn’t scored had finally put up batting cameos in the first Test and India will wish for a lot more of those during the series, always handy runs from the tail, bonus.
India with the ball, might opt to bring in Ishant Sharma for the Lord’s Test with the experience he’s had of bowling at Lord’s as it being a slightly different track compared to others with the slope in play, there’s a slight adjustment that bowlers have to do. So, maybe one of Shardul or Siraj might have to sit out making way for Ishant Sharma and the other possible change is of playing in Ashwin as he’s a wicket taking bowler so, he could be in the XI if India need a spinner among the mix ahead of Jadeja.
England need to apply themselves, the batting and especially the opening that hasn’t been fruitful, Haseeb Hameed is on cards to replace Sibley, Haseeb recently scored a century in the practise game against India and will be comfortable having played the Indian pacers if picked in the XI. Runs from skipper Joe Root in the first Test would have comforted him a lot and now the other senior men need to take responsibility, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow need to step up. Moeen Ali’s inclusion to the squad has given England a good chance to play Ali in the middle order dropping Dan Lawrence, Moeen with the ball is effective adding a variety. England’s tail usually fire and that bonus runs England too will wish.
England with the ball might have to make forced changes with Broads discomfort in calf and Anderson’s niggle that could result in them missing the Test match and England might opt for Mark Wood who comes in with a variety and Saqib Mahmood’s given a maiden call as spinner Bess has been released from the squad, if England want to back a pacer Craig Overton could be in the mix if not Saqib. If Moeen Ali happens to play that will be an extra bowling option, also will comfort the pacers. Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Saqib Mahmood/Craig Overton and Mark Wood likely to be the 4 pacers with Moeen Ali the lone spinner.
Weather at Lord’s for the five days of the Test match is very promising with no rains, scattered showers on day 4 is the only concern but could change with time.
A packed Lord’s with the Bharat and Barmy army’s making noises and the rain playing no spoilsport expect a cracking Test match at the Home of Cricket, mark your calendars as it is a Test match at Lord’s.